Ask the County Law Librarian – Pet Licenses
Q: We’re adopting a dog for our children for Christmas. A friend told me we'd need to get a pet license. Is this true? If so, who do we contact for that?
A: Congratulations on the new addition to your family!
Sacramento County, and all cities within the County, require dogs and cats over 4 months of age to be vaccinated and licensed. Sacramento City also requires licensing of mini-pigs.
Each city processes its own licenses, so you will need to contact the Animal Services department for the city where you live. Links to each of those departments is listed below.
Citrus Heights (contract with the County to process animal licenses) – (read the code section here)
Elk Grove – (read the code section here)
Folsom – (read the code section here)
Galt (contract with the County to process animal licenses) (read the code section here)
Rancho Cordova - (read the code section here)
Sacramento – (read the code section here)
Unincorporated Sacramento County - (read the code section here)
Licensing fees vary between cities, and are significantly higher for unaltered animals. One-year licenses for a spayed or neutered dog will be $10-$15. One-year licenses for unaltered dogs range from $30-$150. Most cities offer one, two, or three year licenses, with discounts for the longer licenses. In order to obtain an animal license, you will need proof of rabies vaccination. If you wish to pay the reduced licensing fee for an altered animal, you will also need proof of spay or neuter.
Licensing your pet offers many benefits, especially if your pet gets lost. If your pet is wearing her license tag, animal control officers will attempt to bring her home, rather than taking her to the shelter. Should your pet end up at the shelter, though, the license will extend the time she is held at the shelter.
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Coral Henning, Director
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